For how many years now, the government are trying to convince doctors to use portable computers and tablets instead of pens and pads to lower costs and create more access. But not all physicians are agreeing to this. Some doctors are just old school, they do not set time limits on patient visits and rely on folders full of paper charts, they have been doing it for more than 30 years and they are not willing to use these gadgets to take notes during the exam.
These doctors have not considered electronic medical records or EMRs yet. EMRs should make caring for the patients easier wherein tedious tasks of writing down the patient’s medical histories, filling out of lab requests and prescription management are all simplified. This can be bothersome for them because it distracts them of the new system. They believe that they are more attentive to the EMR rather than listening to the talking patient.
But not all doctors think the same. There are also others that are already well adjusted and cannot function well without using the EMR. After how many years of utilizing the basic system, the technology has significantly developed. The software that some doctors use can notify them of allergy alerts as well as possible interactions with drugs. If a doctor is away from the hospital and calls them in the middle of the night, he or she can just easily look up their electronic health record for them to see their last actions taken. Lab results can also be easily accessed online by the patient without having the need to go to the clinic for it.
Both sides have different effects and experiences regarding on patients leaving them. Patients of old school doctors left because they wanted them to go digital while the high-tech doctors were dropped because their faces are usually glued on to the screen.